Architectural Door Elements

If you are building a new space, or redesigning an existing space, you may want to consider adding architectural sliding or swing doors.  This design concept allows for a clever use of space while making a dramatic design statement.  Typically, when implementing a door into an architectural element there are two options.  Architectural sliding doors and and architectural swing doors, while ultimately functioning the same way, have very different design implications to consider.  Let's take a closer look at how these two different door elements can impact a design.

  1. How do you want it to look?

Aesthetics should always be considered when designing a new space.  While performing the same function, the method is completely different and can impact a design.  Swing doors are more traditional, like what you might see used on a bedroom, but have the tendency to interrupt a space.  Having a door swing open interrupts the streamline look of the architectural wall the door is part of.  A sliding door though will allow the wall to maintain the smooth, uninterrupted look.

  1. How much space do you have?

Often, implementing doors as an architectural element is used to save space.  Adding a swing door can counteract the space saving initiative.  It is important to remember that the door will need a swing radius as big as the width of the door to allow the door to swing open freely.  When using a sliding door as part of your door element the door becomes an integral part of the wall when opened and closed.

  1. Is your door accessible?

If you are using an architectural door element within a commercial area, or have mobility considerations within a residential building, it is important to consider the accessibility of an architectural door element. Using a swing door can be difficult to open and close.  Further, the swing door restricts the opening to allow for mounting around the frame of the door.  A smaller opening could prove challenging for wheelchairs to pass through.  Sliding doors often are easier to move through.  Not only are they easier to open and close, but once opened allow for a wider space for people to pass through.

While both swing and sliding doors are stunning architectural design elements to add to a new space it is important to consider the overall design needs.  For both installations industrial door hardware is required to ensure the doors move freely and easily.  Industrial door hardware is made for very specific applications and will easily accommodate heavy or large doors while seamlessly blending in with the overall design.  It is always a good idea to consult with your contractor to make sure you select the correct door and hardware for your project.